NASA recently compared satellite images of Earth's surface to see the effects of increased groundwater pumping. The profiles they found revealed that subsidence is occurring in the San Joaquin Valley at an increased rate.
A third of the Earth's biggest groundwater basins are in trouble, because after significantly relying on this hidden resource for so long, they are being quickly tapped out, according to two new studies.
Nearly four years in, and the state of California continues to suffer from the worst drought ever seen along the West Coast in more than a millennium. Now, the California Energy Commission has pledged a whopping $2.3 million in funding towards radically optimizing the state's wasteful agriculture and energy sectors.
Joshua trees, a beloved and iconic desert species in California, is currently in decline due to drought and climate change.
Prehistoric climate changes that took place thousands of years ago are apparently hidden inside Indian cave deposits (not pictured), and may hold clues to better predicting future climate in the region, according to new research.
Jupiter's moon Europa has in recent years given scientists hope that it harbors conditions suitable for life, so in a bid to explore this possibility further, on Tuesday, NASA chose nine high-tech instruments for a mission to search for life on this mysterious icy world.
For decades, people have dreamed of the possibility of life on Mars. And as technologies have advanced, astronomers have bolstered their efforts in searching for civilized superbeings, to no avail. Although we have yet to discover life on the Red Planet, scientists are now honing a new technique that may change the game.
Scientists are increasingly worried for the Earth's forests as climate change stresses out plants with warming temperatures, affecting their growth and development. But new research may offer hope, as trees apparently cope by using less water with more carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the air.
Scientists have long wondered how our Blue Planet came to be covered by 70 percent water. Now a new study offers fresh evidence for how water reached Earth, finding that asteroids and comets are likely rich in water.
When we picture volcanoes erupting, molten hot magma comes to mind. Surprisingly though, new research says that explosive volcanoes are actually fueled in large part by water.
Chemicals commonly used for shale drilling were discovered in the tap water of three Pennsylvania homes, according to a new analysis.
A fleet of icebergs is probably not to blame for abrupt episodes of cooling in the North Atlantic over the past 440,000 years, according to new research.
On March 18, 2011, NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft finally inserted itself into orbit around Mercury after six and a half years of traveling across our solar system. Now the 11-year-old spacecraft is finally retiring, with plans to end its career by leaving its mark on the planet it observed for so long.
No, Mars is not home to the massive ocean it once held. These days, most of its water is locked up in glaciers and large ice caps. Now, however, researchers think they have found signs that there is still some liquid water in the planet's soil, after finding evidence for liquid brine with NASA's Curiosity rover.